Crab Soup Review

05 Jun

S&J Crab Ranch

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It's not often that you come across a crab ranch. But when you do, it's nothing like you expect. Sadly, there aren't men in cowboy hats, riding narwhals corraling crabs into traps. But what it is is a local establishment in Towson that opened in 2011, featuring steamed crabs and southern barbeque. Usually, you'd expect to smell either smoked meats or Old Bay, but usually not both. But sometimes you have to ask yourself, "Why not both?" Fighting the urge to snatch one of the many trays of steamed crabs walking by our table, we decided to do what was right and sample their crab soups. Read on to see what we thought!

Maryland Crab Soup

The Maryland Crab Soup is a Maryland classic, made with potato, tomato, onion, celery, carrots, peas, lima beans, and green beans in a beef-based broth.

When the soup is first placed in front of you, you get a nice whiff of beefy potato, which isn't exactly the first thing you expect to smell with a Maryland crab soup. The crab is in shreds, as the meat is cooked in the soup, letting that crab meat flavor meld with the broth. The potatos are in large chunks and in slightly more quantity than there should be, which slightly throws off the overall texture of the soup. There's also a nice amount of spice that ratchets up in flavor with each bite.

All in all, the soup was really good. The vegetables actually taste fresh, which is always a good thing. The crab lends its flavor to the broth, which was still more on the beefy side than it should be, and the spicing was on point. The only thing we really felt that this soup needed was smaller chunks of potato, and not so much of it. 

  • Review Date:03/16/2013 7:04pm
  • Atmosphere:Busy
  • Item(s) Ordered:Maryland Crab Soup
  • Soup Style:Vegetable Crab Soup
  • Price:$5.00
  • Order Type:Cup
  • Crab Content:25%
  • Broth:30%
  • Additional Ingredients:45%
  • Spice:Average
  • Overall Impression:Very Good
  • Rating:


Cream of Crab Soup

The Cream of Crab Soup is a creamy blend of herbs and spices, jumbo lump crab meat, and a tiny bit of sherry.

When singled out, the crab has some decent flavor to it, but not that much. The broth itself tastes mostly like flour, which may overpower the sherry, as it was hard to find any. It does show up in places, but only in a few spots. The spice is on the peppery side, and in a decent proportion.

Overall, the soup wasn't anything memorable. The broth tastes mostly like a cream flour paste, and the peppery spices just make it seem like you're eating biscuit soup. The broth has a good consistency to it, but lacks any sort of crab flavor, or any flavor over peppery flour. Maybe the proportions were off that night, as the soup would be pretty good if you could taste less of the flour, a bit more of the spice and sherry, and definitely if it contained more flavorful crab meat.

  • Review Date:03/16/2013 7:04pm
  • Atmosphere:Busy
  • Item(s) Ordered:Cream of Crab Soup
  • Soup Style:Cream of Crab Soup
  • Price:$5.00
  • Order Type:Cup
  • Crab Content:30%
  • Broth:70%
  • Additional Ingredients:0%
  • Spice:Average
  • Overall Impression:Average
  • Rating:


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Additional Info

  • Restaurant Name: S&J Crab Ranch
  • Address: 2 West Pennsylvania Ave Towson, MD 21204
  • Neighborhood: Towson
  • Restaurant Type: Local
  • Mail order available?: No

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